Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, approximately three in five of Social Workers have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $35,180 per year. Compensation starts at $24,825 and can reach $52,888 per year. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (?
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$27,150 - $53,341
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MEDIAN: $35,823
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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (?
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$9.61 - $24.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,150 - $53,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,825 - $52,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.61 - $24.68  
   
Overtime
$8.29 - $48.78  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $1,750  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,825 - $52,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.
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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks
  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Social Workers. At the upper end, those who move into an Non-Profit Executive Director role can bring in an extra $24K per year. Social Workers moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)s or Social Worker (MSW)s, where paychecks increase by $15,622 or $6,087 per year.

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Social Workers report a focused set of job skills. Counseling is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 10 percent. Those with knowledge of Case Management tend to be skilled in Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Social Workers do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $33K to $37K. Pay amounts to $41K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Social Workers after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $49,738. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Around two-thirds of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$35,000
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For Social Workers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+1 percent).

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Case Management
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%